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February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Surrealism never took root in America. When the visual arts came into their own in this country around the middle of the 20th century, the most prominent movements steered clear of Surrealism's embrace of life's unconscious underbelly. Pop, Minimalism and Conceptualism dispensed with the irrational messiness of inner lives in favor of easy-to-read emblems, squeaky-clean surfaces and brainy language games. The pivotal year was 1958, when Jasper Johns first exhibited what would come to be known as his trademark works: juicy pictures of targets, flags and numbers made of torn newspaper, fleshy wax and dripping pigment, some with 3-D objects attached and others with built-in boxes, their hinged covers lifted to reveal life-size faces.
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February 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is officially set to go free starting on Sunday. Visitors will be able to enter the museum free of charge, though parking in the Hammer's garage will still cost $3 for three hours with museum validation. In the past, the Hammer has charged $10 for one regular adult admission.  Hammer officials announced it would be going free last fall, stating that the museum is "committed to eliminating admission fees permanently. " It said free admission for the first four years is being made possible by two gifts received during the summer from longtime museum benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.
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July 11, 2013 | By David Ng
The Hammer Museum in Westwood will honor artist Robert Gober and playwright Tony Kushner at its 11th annual gala, scheduled to take place Oct. 5. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are co-chairing this year's fundraising benefit for the museum, which will also feature an appearance by actress Viola Davis, who will toast Kushner. Both Gober and Kushner live in New York, but neither is a stranger to Los Angeles. Gober was in the local spotlight in 1997 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he presented a large-scale installation at the Geffen Contemporary.
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September 16, 2013 | By David Ng
The Hammer Museum is receiving a $2-million gift from Los Angeles billionaire Anthony Pritzker that will benefit the organization's education programs for young children. Pritzker, who is a museum board member, said he is making the cash donation over a period of time.  "I've given money to the Hammer Museum before but not of this size and not centered around children," Pritzker said in a recent phone interview. Pritzker and his wife, Jeanne, are making the donation through their family foundation.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat The $2 million will help fund the Hammer's education initiatives for young children who attend public schools in the area, said Ann Philbin, the museum's director.
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August 31, 1997 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Since its opening in 1983, the Museum of Contemporary Art's cavernous space in Little Tokyo has been the scene of many startling sights. Sculptor Chris Burden has excavated a massive hole in the building's concrete floor; Ann Carlson and Mary Ellen Strom have installed a live rodeo, complete with horse; dancers in the Elizabeth Streb Ringside company have crashed through plate glass walls and bounced off spring-loaded floors.
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November 17, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is a Times staff writer
"It's a great opportunity to show my work in a historical place in the middle of Paris," New York artist Robert Gober said. "The Jeu de Paume has high visibility and there's a lot of curiosity about it because it's new." As the art world knows, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume--where Gober's exhibition continues to Dec. 1--is not really new. Constructed in 1861 under Napoleon III as an indoor sports pavilion, the building has been used to display art since 1909.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Singer k.d lang will bring her singular brand of pop-country music to the annual Hammer Museum gala, set for Oct. 5. Ann Philbin, the museum's director, confirmed in an interview that lang will perform at the fundraising dinner.  The Hammer will honor artist Robert Gober and playwright Tony Kushner at its 11th annual gala. The event is being chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, along with Tomas Maier. Among the scheduled speakers will be Viola Davis and artist Charles Ray. The museum said the evening includes a viewing of current exhibitions and cocktails followed by a seated dinner.
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September 29, 1997
Thank you for publishing Father Gregory Coiro's comments on Robert Gober's so-called art at the Museum of Contemporary Art ("Gober Exhibition Insults Virgin Mary," Counterpunch, Sept. 22). I was one of those who have been insulted by Gober's senseless work. He may be the master of his craft, but this does not give him the license to insult anyone. To those who do not understand this feeling, it is like seeing your own mother's picture covered by graffiti. You see, we address the Blessed Virgin as "Mother."
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February 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is officially set to go free starting on Sunday. Visitors will be able to enter the museum free of charge, though parking in the Hammer's garage will still cost $3 for three hours with museum validation. In the past, the Hammer has charged $10 for one regular adult admission.  Hammer officials announced it would be going free last fall, stating that the museum is "committed to eliminating admission fees permanently. " It said free admission for the first four years is being made possible by two gifts received during the summer from longtime museum benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.
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September 16, 2013 | By David Ng
The Hammer Museum is receiving a $2-million gift from Los Angeles billionaire Anthony Pritzker that will benefit the organization's education programs for young children. Pritzker, who is a museum board member, said he is making the cash donation over a period of time.  "I've given money to the Hammer Museum before but not of this size and not centered around children," Pritzker said in a recent phone interview. Pritzker and his wife, Jeanne, are making the donation through their family foundation.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat The $2 million will help fund the Hammer's education initiatives for young children who attend public schools in the area, said Ann Philbin, the museum's director.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Singer k.d lang will bring her singular brand of pop-country music to the annual Hammer Museum gala, set for Oct. 5. Ann Philbin, the museum's director, confirmed in an interview that lang will perform at the fundraising dinner.  The Hammer will honor artist Robert Gober and playwright Tony Kushner at its 11th annual gala. The event is being chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, along with Tomas Maier. Among the scheduled speakers will be Viola Davis and artist Charles Ray. The museum said the evening includes a viewing of current exhibitions and cocktails followed by a seated dinner.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By David Ng
The Hammer Museum in Westwood will honor artist Robert Gober and playwright Tony Kushner at its 11th annual gala, scheduled to take place Oct. 5. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are co-chairing this year's fundraising benefit for the museum, which will also feature an appearance by actress Viola Davis, who will toast Kushner. Both Gober and Kushner live in New York, but neither is a stranger to Los Angeles. Gober was in the local spotlight in 1997 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he presented a large-scale installation at the Geffen Contemporary.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Surrealism never took root in America. When the visual arts came into their own in this country around the middle of the 20th century, the most prominent movements steered clear of Surrealism's embrace of life's unconscious underbelly. Pop, Minimalism and Conceptualism dispensed with the irrational messiness of inner lives in favor of easy-to-read emblems, squeaky-clean surfaces and brainy language games. The pivotal year was 1958, when Jasper Johns first exhibited what would come to be known as his trademark works: juicy pictures of targets, flags and numbers made of torn newspaper, fleshy wax and dripping pigment, some with 3-D objects attached and others with built-in boxes, their hinged covers lifted to reveal life-size faces.
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February 11, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"MY work is very hard to take apart," says Vija Celmins, gazing around the exhibition of her drawings at the Hammer Museum. "That's why I am always talking about it." Always? Her conversations with artists Chuck Close and Robert Gober are available in books, and she recently talked to Hammer chief curator Gary Garrels in a public program that filled the museum's Billy Wilder Theater. But the works in her show still raise questions.
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September 29, 1997
Thank you for publishing Father Gregory Coiro's comments on Robert Gober's so-called art at the Museum of Contemporary Art ("Gober Exhibition Insults Virgin Mary," Counterpunch, Sept. 22). I was one of those who have been insulted by Gober's senseless work. He may be the master of his craft, but this does not give him the license to insult anyone. To those who do not understand this feeling, it is like seeing your own mother's picture covered by graffiti. You see, we address the Blessed Virgin as "Mother."
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September 9, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
One of the great things about Robert Gober's extravagant new installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art is that virtually every bit of it has been fabricated from scratch. Today, the genre of installation art usually means that an artist has gone shopping for commercially made objects, which he then carefully alters for display; by contrast, Gober's robust enthusiasm for actually making the myriad things in his piece carries the unexpected force of shock.
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February 11, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"MY work is very hard to take apart," says Vija Celmins, gazing around the exhibition of her drawings at the Hammer Museum. "That's why I am always talking about it." Always? Her conversations with artists Chuck Close and Robert Gober are available in books, and she recently talked to Hammer chief curator Gary Garrels in a public program that filled the museum's Billy Wilder Theater. But the works in her show still raise questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
One of the great things about Robert Gober's extravagant new installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art is that virtually every bit of it has been fabricated from scratch. Today, the genre of installation art usually means that an artist has gone shopping for commercially made objects, which he then carefully alters for display; by contrast, Gober's robust enthusiasm for actually making the myriad things in his piece carries the unexpected force of shock.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1997 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Since its opening in 1983, the Museum of Contemporary Art's cavernous space in Little Tokyo has been the scene of many startling sights. Sculptor Chris Burden has excavated a massive hole in the building's concrete floor; Ann Carlson and Mary Ellen Strom have installed a live rodeo, complete with horse; dancers in the Elizabeth Streb Ringside company have crashed through plate glass walls and bounced off spring-loaded floors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is a Times staff writer
"It's a great opportunity to show my work in a historical place in the middle of Paris," New York artist Robert Gober said. "The Jeu de Paume has high visibility and there's a lot of curiosity about it because it's new." As the art world knows, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume--where Gober's exhibition continues to Dec. 1--is not really new. Constructed in 1861 under Napoleon III as an indoor sports pavilion, the building has been used to display art since 1909.
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